Drawing by Carol Hsiung.

Main Street Book Launch Party!

Join us on September 8th at 5:30PM to celebrate the release of Dr. Mindy Fullilove’s book, Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All.

We will have music and poems from friends featured in Main Street, a reading from Mindy, and the Might and Main award ceremony! 

Register for the book launch HERE and pre-order your copy of Main Street here! You can purchase a signed copy from WORDS Bookstore in Maplewood, NJ at THIS LINK.

Thanks to our co-sponsors for this event: New Village Press, Maplewood Memorial Library, Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment at The New School, the HUUB, and First UU of Essex County.

Save the date for our Main Street Reading Group: Mondays at 6pm from October 19th-November 9th.

Main Street builds on Mindy Fullilove’s previous works and treats us to one of the most important books about our contemporary towns and cities since Jane Jacobs’ Death and Life of Great American Cities. Mindy’s perspective on the psychology of place helps us understand a different story, a story of serial forced displacements that have had devastating effects on inner-city communities, and, by extension, to all peoples and all places. This book’s story is not isolated to memory and issues of race, class, and poverty; rather, it builds a strong connection to climate justice and to a more promising future.” 

~Ron Shiffman, Professor, Pratt Institute Graduate School of Architecture

You depend on Main Street, whether you know it or not. Your past connects to it, and your future depends on what Main Street has to offer you. Main Street isn’t something that was nice to have around back when. It is the hopeful architecture for a future that allows people to not just relate to each other but power one another’s lives. As Mindy Thompson Fullilove shows us, communities everywhere are in the midst of an extinction event, as is the very idea of community itself: it is no coincidence that the planet’s flora and fauna decline as do the world’s oldest markets and neighborhoods. In Main Street, with a captivating combination of curious travelogue and passionate prescriptive medicine, Fullilove maps out the connections that are our only route to survival. Read this or else!

Bob Sullivan

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